Understanding Your Agent’s Role
Real estate agents or Realtors perform several roles throughout the course of a home buying or other real estate transaction. Here are the four main ways I will assist you throughout the transaction process.
As you begin the transaction process, my first job will be to initiate and facilitate several important relationships. First, we will meet with a lender who can get you pre-qualified and give you a better idea of just how much home you can afford. As we move throughout the process, I will introduce you to expert inspectors, appraisers, and insurance providers, who can help you secure and insure your home against all eventualities. Towards the end of the process, I will begin introducing you to qualified movers and contractors who can help you move into your home and make basic renovations.
After you have secured funding, all of my attention will be on finding your dream home. With complete access to the MLS (Multiple Listing Service), I can find homes as soon as they come to market. And, through my various professional networks, I often find out about new homes before they even come to market.
Together, we will develop a criteria for your dream home, then I will search the MLS for homes that fit your criteria. Finally, I will set up showing appointments at each property and show the homes to you, using the properties’ lockbox keys to gain access to the homes. I can also show you around the community, visiting local schools, parks, shopping centers, and attractions.
Once you find your dream home, we will work together closely to propose offers and respond to counteroffers quickly and fluidly. Throughout this process, you will communicate your priorities to me and I will negotiate on your behalf. I will represent your best interests to the seller and seller’s agent, while updating you whenever I receive new information from them. As contracts and disclosures need to be completed, I will prepare them for you and deliver them to the necessary parties.
In the course of a typical transaction, there are bound to be a lot of small, but important decisions. Should we go with Lender A or Lender B? What areas have the best school districts? Should we accept this counteroffer or try to negotiate the price down a bit? As an experienced agent, I can help you make these important decisions, by fully explaining the pros and cons of each side, based on past transactions and general market trends. I can also access exclusive market data so we can make these decisions with the aid of important facts like regional tax rates, appreciation expectations, and area demographics.
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